**If you don't feel like reading my usual wall of text, just skip down to the list**
Look, kids today have a lot of advantages we never had, but in a lot of ways, I think we (60's,70's,80's kids) had it much better. Kids today seem to have a more adult life passed off as a childhood nowadays. My kid has toys, snacks and general entertainment that I could only have wished for when I was a kid. We only had 4 channels growing up, we were pretty poor. But man kids seem repressed today, I think we coddle them way too much. I am constantly battling the wife about just letting our daughter be a kid and that it is okay if she gets hurt (Within reason obviously), that it will build character and teach her valuable lessons.
Davefu posted a Porkies movie in another thread and it got me thinking about my childhood in the 80's and all the things we did that would probably get parents arrested today and be front-page news.
Granted we were poor and my parents really didn't give a shit about me so I am sure that I had more freedom than some but I'm sure most 80's kids can relate to some of these things we did as 80's kids in the city: (Country kids had way more freedom I'm sure)
-Drove around town in the back of a pick-up with a bunch of our buddies with no hassles.
-Woke up, ran out the door and didn't return until we were hungry.
-Spent most days down at the creek, roaming the forest.
-Layed under the back window of the car sans seatbelt, while the car was in motion, on the highway... No one beeped or yelled or called the police. Seatbelts in the early 80's were more of a suggestion.
-No one ever called the cops on anyone else or got in each other's business for petty issues.
-It wasn't a big deal to play with pellet guns and fireworks.
-We had way, way, way less supervision.
Keep in mind too that there was much more crime back then too, yet we had more freedom.
What are some awesome things from our childhood that kids today could never do or would get parents in shit today? Add to the list.